by Regine Stokke
Releases October 26, 2012
Reviewed by Erica S., 10th grade
This has been the first nonfiction book I’ve read in awhile, and it was also the first Advance Reader Copy (ARC) I read after going to the ALA Convention (which was completely awesome and I wrote an article on it, below). Now, since this was an ARC, I’m not allowed to complain about the spacing and format issues, because there were a few. But onto the review!
“I’ve decided to start a blog about what it’s like to get a life-threatening disease. Some of the content will therefore be too heavy for some people.”German teenager Regine Stokke wrote this as her first blog post entry back in November 2008, three months after she was first diagnosed with acute myelogenous leukemia. The book includes a foreword that briefly describes what this is and the types of treatment, along with a basic introduction to the concept of cancer. In the book are footnotes that describe certain medical terms and also just general notes, since Regine mentions a lot of popular German culture. The book comprises her blog posts, along with her original photography and poetry, and some comments that were left on her blog. This is unlike any other cancer book I’ve read, since it is obviously nonfiction and written from the patient’s point of view. It feels as if she is writing to you and you get an inside look at her philosophies and opinions. The book is honest and painful. It isn’t just plain clichés about life, but it does leave you with a sense of appreciation for what you have. I’ll admit, the book did make me cry pretty hard. Regine had an eloquent way of writing, and the comments she received and the posts her parents wrote were all very powerful. The only complaint I had about the book was it was still a little hard to follow with all the medical terms, since the footnotes thin out as the book goes on, but it was still manageable. I would recommend this book as one to take seriously and learn something from, because it is so meaningful. Even if money is plentiful, we still can’t buy back our health. That is the most priceless thing of all.
Rating: 4 out of 5